Question: I would like to know whether some mascara and eye pencils produce allergic reactions such as puffy eyelids, blurred vision, and burning and itching of the eyes. I suspect that some of the chemical ingredients contained in those prod- ucts are causing those symptoms.
Answer: You may be right. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to eye makeup include red, itchy eyes that tear excessively, the eyelids may also turn red or blotchy and thicken. To find out whether your problem is an allergy, stop using cosmetics around your eyes for a few weeks, if it is an allergic response, your symptoms should clear up. Any chemical substance that might come near your eyes, including shampoo, hand cram, or nail polish, should be suspect as well. Lanolin, preserva-tives, fragrances, formaldehyde, and other ingredients can cause allergic or hypersensitivity reactions.
If your symptoms don’t go away, see your doctor. But if the problem does clear up, you can then carefully reintroduce your cosmetics, one product per week, to find out which one may be causing the problem. If necessary, an allergist can test you to determine exactly what you’re reacting to.
Aluminum and Antacids
Question: I’ve heard that aluminum might cause Alzheimer’s disease and other problems. So is aluminum hydroxide really a safe antacid?
Answer: There’s no convincing scientific evidence that alu-minum ingested from antacids or any other source contributes to Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
People with normal kidney function excrete virtually all the aluminum absorbed into the body. But older people (who may have decreased kidney function) and people with known kidney disease rend to retain aluminum within the body. Although that hasn’t been shown to cause any harm in these individuals, they should use antacids containing aluminum only on a physician’s advice.
Aluminum can contribute to health problems in some per-sons. For instance, aluminum-related bone disease has occurred in kidney patients on long-term hemodialysis. As a result, dialysis fluids are now more rigorously purified, and physicians try to avoid aluminum compounds or at least use smaller amounts in treating kidney disease.
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